Broilers in Chicken Tractor

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by mrs_organized_chaos, Sep 22, 2018.

  1. mrs_organized_chaos

    mrs_organized_chaos Songster

    72
    180
    177
    May 13, 2018
    Ohio
    We put our 3 week broilers out in the chicken tractor today. It is going to be 50 overnight. Will they be okay? The tractor has a portion that has a roof and sides covered. It isn’t supposed to rain.They only had heat in the brooder for the first week and they have been in our garage since we got them. I went out and checked on them. They are sleeping in a pile and are not chirping excessively. They are mostly feathered and were outside in 60 degree weather with no issues. They were up scratching, eating, drinking, and trying to dust bathe in the grass.
     
  2. ejtrout31

    ejtrout31 Songster

    318
    551
    151
    Aug 13, 2018
    deer river mn
    there fine
     
  3. BYCforlife

    BYCforlife Free Ranging

    1,665
    5,587
    537
    Mar 18, 2017
    Alberta, Canada
    They can cuddle together and stay warm, if you have some wood shavings I'd make a little box for them to sleep in .
     
  4. EngeFamilyFarms

    EngeFamilyFarms Chirping

    79
    54
    71
    Aug 29, 2018
    Michigan
    What bycforlife said☝️☝️
     
  5. mrs_organized_chaos

    mrs_organized_chaos Songster

    72
    180
    177
    May 13, 2018
    Ohio
    I did put some shaving in a corner under the cover but they spread it everywhere and piled at the front of the tractor. I guess they know what they prefer.
     
  6. mrs_organized_chaos

    mrs_organized_chaos Songster

    72
    180
    177
    May 13, 2018
    Ohio
    Thanks for the responses everyone. I don’t want to have them in the brooder anymore. It has just become a disgusting and unhealthy situation for all 26 of them. They seemed much happier in the tractor today.
     
    Ridgerunner likes this.
  7. digbychris

    digbychris Chirping

    87
    79
    97
    Apr 6, 2017
    I have my CX out in a tractor, and like you we've had nights in the 40's and 50's. They were 3 weeks old when I put them out and mostly feathered. I do have a heat lamp on at night if they want to use it. some do, some don't.
     
  8. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Crowing

    5,991
    3,795
    436
    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    Because they eat so much, they produce a lot of heat. I would not expect any problems.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: